On the Road Again…

Goodwin will be hitting the road to display and present at a number of seminars, conferences and special engagements. If you’re going to be in the area, we would love to see you!

Thursday, April 30th
4:30 pm
National Wood Floor Association (NWFA) Expo
Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Goodwin will celebrate 30 years of working with the best wood floor professionals by showcasing some of our most interesting projects and partnerships, both nationally and internationally. The event will take place on the NWFA Presentation Stage, which will be festively decorated with international flags and antique photographs for our colleagues. We will even be taking group photos which will be made available after the show.

Friday, September 18th
10:45am – 12:50pm
The Carolina’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2015 Annual Conference
Grande Dunes Marriott, Myrtle Beach, SC

*** The Conference theme is ‘Redefining Hospitality’

ASID Carolina’s 2015 Annual Conference will feature Goodwin a two-hour lunch and learn by Goodwin. We will discuss how to specify the reclaimed wood floor of your dreams, the best finish for reclaimed wood and design features including inlays and patterns that are available prefinished. Designers will learn the process for specifying and storyboarding a custom color finish as well as the most important technical questions to ask the builder or wood floor installer to ensure their clients are satisfied for the long term.

Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th
10:00am – 6:00pm
Greenbuild 2015
Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C.

**Free Passes are Available, Contact us for Details

Goodwin will showcase our brand new lines of antique prefinished wood flooring and paneling.

Interested in having Goodwin make a personal presentation to your group? Contact us to find out how!

 

Our Newest “Gentle Giant”

giantcypresslog 001 (Medium)After nearly 40 years in the business, one would think we have seen it all. The truth is, each and every day is an exciting adventure that presents new opportunities. The logs we work with to create our River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress flooring, paneling and other wood products are simply majestic. Each has its own distinct character and personality. Logger Don McCallister recently pulled this Cypress beauty out of the northern Withlacoochee River.

giantcypresslog 005 (Medium)This “Gentle Giant “ is 30 feet long; 29″ in diameter at its top and an amazing six feet in diameter at its base.

giantcypresslog 006 (Medium)Just take a look at this incredible ax cut end.

The log was discovered while Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, Jeffrey Forbes, was on the Withlacoochee hosting a documentary video crew. It was the first log they saw. It was still submerged in the river and its head was resting on a sandy beach. The log served as the perfect “subject” for the documentary, which we will share when it is complete.

Here is a bit of background on river logging along Withlacoochee (for you history buffs):

This giant cypress log was recovered on the part of the Withlacoochee that flows south out of Georgia and meets up with the Suwannee River at Suwannee River State Park. There once was a sawmill owned by Governor George Drew (Florida’s first governor post reconstruction) at what is now Suwannee River State Park. This log likely once belonged to this mill before it was “lost”.

Goodwin will now saw this antique beauty into a series of benches for the expansion of the Bok Tower campus in Lake Wales. Stay tuned, as we will continue to update you on the progress of this Gentle Giant…

A Breathtaking Display of Goodwin’s Various Wood Species

We are honored that Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida chose to use Goodwin wood for their showroom office remodel. The owner, Al Bavry, is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable professional. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to work with him!

The job turned out so well, Kimal is also using the office as a Goodwin display. The area features selections of most all of the wood Goodwin offers, including engineered, curly, log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky.

We encourage you to stop by and visit the Kimal Sarasota location. A talented employee by the name of Rob has even handcrafted a number of wall hangings and art using the cutoffs. In fact, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, February 27th with a customer appreciation day. Jeffrey Forbes and I will be there representing Goodwin with a booth and display. We would love to see you!

For more information, visit: http://kimallumber.com/locations/sarasota-east/

 

Our Sincerest “Thank You” for Making 2014 Such a Success!

George and I want to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every building design professional and owner we have had the privilege to work with this year.  As we approach 2015, we cannot help but reflect on the projects that made our year so exceptional. While every job will always hold a special place in our hearts, some of the most memorable commercial and historical renovation projects of 2015 included the Key West Museum re-finish, the old Firestone service station in Gainesville, Queen and Crescent Hotel in New Orleans, Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville, The SeaScout Lodge in Galveston and the Naples Botanical Garden.

We were also honored to be named a 2014 Blue Ribbon Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  It was thrilling to travel to Washington D.C. and accept this award alongside the finest and most respected small businesses from throughout the country.

Goodwin Company continually researches ways to offer a wide selection of new product lines.  We are excited to announce that today – New Year’s Eve – our state-of-the-art finishing line will be delivered to our manufacturing facility in Florida.  Not only will this allow us to offer you more diverse finishing options, but we will also be able to manufacture economical ‘builder ready’ choices in prefinished 1,000 year-old River-Recovered® Heart Cypress paneling and ceiling.  We expect the first new products to begin rolling out mid-2015.

The new year holds so much promise and we are extremely excited about the additional options we will be offering our valued customers in 2015 and in the years to come.  We credit our 35+ years of success to our loyal and discerning clients who appreciate the indisputable quality and handcrafted beauty of our unique and exceptional antique wood flooring and products.

Thank you and we wish you and your family much health, happiness and blessings in 2015.

With all our heart,
George and Carol

Restoring History

Hard to believe it has been nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. Lives, property and a huge piece of our history was lost in one fail swoop on that tragic August day. However, with every disaster, stories of triumph emerge. Goodwin was proud to be part of one of those triumphant “stories”.

The historic Charnley-Norwood house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, was literally torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. However, in 2013, the entire structure was restored to its original beauty. Architect Larry Albert specified Goodwin Company to supply antique wood for the restoration. We provided 800sf of River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine T&G V-joint paneling, and 1000sf of 3-1/4″ Legacy (building reclaimed) heartpine T&G flooring.

We would like to share the short documentary, By the Hand of the Unseen Poet by Ellis Anderson.

Learn more at: http://www.savemyplacems.com/listing/charnley-norwood-house/

As an additional note, this project received a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. We were honored to be part of restoring this important piece of our nation’s history!

Creating Guidelines for the Reclaimed Wood Industry

“Innovators Set the Standards Imitators Attempt to Follow” When we first began manufacturing reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring and paneling there were only a handful of competitors who sold outside of their local area. In fact, we received many long distance calls because we were one of only a few companies who advertised in Fine […]

Historic Renovation Receives “Green” Restoration Accolades

Gainesville Depot Recognized by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.

(GAINESVILLE, FL) — One of the City of Gainesville’s oldest, most cherished buildings – the historic Gainesville Depot – will receive an “Outstanding” recognition in the Restoration/Rehabilitation category at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. (FTHP) annual awards ceremony.  The event, scheduled for May 17th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, will be held at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.

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Restoring a Wright Masterpiece

We all know the damage hurricanes can cause. While any devastation is tragic, it is especially disheartening when a historical site suffers extreme destruction. Such was the case with the Charnley-Norwood House in Mississippi, which sustained excessive damage during Hurricane Katrina. Chicago lumber-baron James Charnley commissioned two of America’s most famed architects, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, to design his prominent vacation residence. This iconic 1890s masterpiece is said to exemplify a watershed in residential design that re-shaped 20th century residential architecture.

Every effort needed to be taken to restore this important part of architectural and American history. Esteemed Architect Larry Albert of Hattiesburg, MS took on the challenge of reconstructing this Sullivan-Wright masterpiece. You can imagine the excitement and honor we felt when we discovered Mr. Albert specified Goodwin’s Curly Heart Pine Paneling (with a custom V-Joint profile) for this very important project. Recreating and restoring a masterpiece is quite challenging, and Goodwin worked hand-in-hand with the entire building design team from start to finish.

recommended feed 001If you look closely in this photo, you can see the alternating sap and heart boards of curly in this cabinet. This is the nature of curly since it is often all sapwood, comprised of outer boards of only one (1) out of every 500 or so logs.

It was initially thought that the flooring in the home was not original because it had a back relief. We were able to demonstrate to the building design team that 125 years ago, they did kerf the backs to save on transportation cost. Wood flooring was simply very expensive to ship back then. There was also waxy paper under the original floor. We encouraged them to consider using Aquabar “B” by Fortifiber, one of several products with a bituminous layer between two layers of kraft paper. These products slow down the moisture movement from the crawl spaces where hot humid air cools off and introduces moisture into the flooring. Roofing felt does nothing to stop moisture movement and plastic traps it. Aquabar “B” has a permeance rating between the felt and the plastic. This prevents moisture from moving quickly and minimizes the possibility of cupping.

Greg Bingham of Ocean Springs Lumber visited the site with me. Ocean Springs Lumber also provided materials for this project.

Curly Heart Pine can be used in a variety of residential, historical and corporate settings. Call Goodwin today to discuss ways this beautiful wood can add distinction and character to your home, office or preservation project.

 

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Cypress – “The Wood Eternal”

Cypress has earned the distinction of being known as, “The Wood Eternal.”  The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association’s 1938 handbook titled, Tide Water Red Cypress, eloquently describes its durability:

For over a thousand years, the original massive Cypress doors of Saint Peter’s Church in Rome swung on their hinges. They were still in a perfect state of preservation when replaced with ornamental bronze.”

In fact, recent Cypress log excavations discovered sound wood buried over 100,000 years ago along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The handbook, which makes for very interesting reading and I highly recommend, also references the termite resistance of the wood:

Cypressene—the essential oil of Cypress—makes Cypress highly repellent to termites. Cypress timbers in 300-year-old Spanish buildings in Florida have resisted termites, while connecting timbers of other woods were destroyed.”

Goodwin uses Cypress and pine for both interior and exterior applications. The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, features Goodwin’s Cypress and pine exteriors on one of their recent projects, Brownwood. The logs on the cabin, the posts in front of the plants and the bandstand ceiling are all heartpine. The bandstand benches, the cabin doors, and other siding are heart Cypress.
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Picturesque Perfection

Yes, Goodwin Wood is Perfect for your Mountain Cabin!
So, you’re finally ready to build your luxury mountain cabin. You’ve been working toward having both the time and additional capital to at last enjoy a beautiful second or retirement home in the mountains. The breathtaking mountain landscapes are filled with cozy wooden mansions. These homes are enjoyed by generations of family members and passed down as family heirlooms. People literally spend millions of dollars to build their perfect mountain retreat. Perhaps this is why it always amazes me when I see one of these enormous homes built on a picturesque mountain ridge using non-durable, extremely knotty, and sometimes very unappealing and unsightly boards.. The homeowner probably paid a lot of money for this wood, but it is certainly not the quality you would expect or even want in such an expensive and beautiful home.

Many people get sold on cheap imitations, which end up costing them more in repairs and maintenance in the long run

Did you know that Goodwin premium grades can be often be purchased at near the same price as some inferior woods? If you are going to go all out and build a wood home, don’t you want to use products which are not only attractive, but also durable, dependable, and termite resistant? From flooring and inside paneling to exterior siding and stair parts, Goodwin is your one-stop shop for acquiring the most beautiful and durable wood in the world. Read more